Dentures

By: Drs. Smith and Domingue  05/13/2015
Keywords: Dentures, Partial Dentures

For many of our patients, partial and complete dentures are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth on either the top or bottom (or both), dentures are an affordable way to replace those teeth. If you still have natural teeth, partials can fill in the places left by missing teeth. The Advantages of Modern Dentures Does the idea of dentures conjure up images of your grandparents’ false teeth with their big, blocky chompers and neon pink gums? Today’s dentures are nothing like that. In modern dentures, the teeth are individually made and placed to give dentures the appearance of the variation that occurs naturally. The color of the teeth and gums looks realistic. Most people will never know you are wearing dentures. Another concern that people often have when contemplating dentures is that because the appliance is removable, it may slip and slide at an inopportune moment, creating an embarrassing situation. The dentures we provide for our patients are carefully sized to fit properly and securely. This means that you don’t have to worry about the fit of your dentures when you are eating or speaking. Additional Denture and Partial Options In addition to traditional removable dentures and partials, we can also create dentures and partials that are fixed in place using crowns placed over either your natural teeth or dental implants. Many people like this option not just because of the added security and comfort of having dentures that are fixed in place but because the appliance itself is smaller and covers less of your palate. Creating Your Dentures or Partials To make your dentures or partials, we will take impressions of your teeth and gums. If you are having extractions performed prior to getting dentures, you may need a temporary set of dentures while your gums heal. Once your gums are fully healed, we will take impressions and prepare your permanent set of dentures. Before we send you home with your dentures or partials, we will check the fit and appearance to make sure you are happy with your new appliance. We will also review proper denture care. Caring for Your Dentures Caring for your dentures properly will help them keep their attractive and natural appearance and comfortable and secure fit. If at any time you are concerned about the fit or appearance of your dentures or partials, please call us so we can check your appliance for any warping or damage. To keep your dentures in great shape, follow these four steps: Wash your dentures daily using a cleaning product and brush specifically made for dentures. When your dentures are not in your mouth, store them in water to keep them moist. Soak and wash your dentures using lukewarm water, not hot. Hot water can warp your dentures. Dropping your dentures can cause significant damage. Use caution when cleaning your dentures, and always store them out of reach of pets and children.

Keywords: Dentures, Partial Dentures

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